2 Dutch soldiers killed, 1 wounded in fighting in Afghanistan

Two Dutch soldiers were killed and one was wounded in separate incidents in Afghanistan, the Netherlands' Defense Ministry said early Sunday. The Dutch state news broadcaster NOS reported that both the soldiers who died had accidentally been killed by fellow soldiers in a "friendly fire" incident, but the defense ministry could not immediately be reached to confirm that. The NOS cited Gen. Dick Berlijn, the commander of the Dutch armed forces, as its source. The ministry identified the men who died as Pvt. Wesley Schol, 20, and Cpl. Aldert Poortema, 22. They were killed during a gunbattle with "opposing militant forces" on Saturday night.